Owners/users...how reliable is the SIG Mosquito?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Ram Rod, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Ram Rod

    Ram Rod New Member

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    Just what the title says. Anyone with extensive experience, please loan me your opinions on the SIG Mosquito 22lr pistol. I may look at this pistol as an alternative steel challenge pistol. I don't want to have to clean it after every course of fire or every stage. Minimum 25 rounds per stage, six stages total. Thanks
     
  2. NGIB

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    I have one and it's reliable but I wouldn't shoot competitions with it. I'd seriously consider one of the Sig classic P-series .22s instead. I have a P220 in .22 and it's a great pistol - much more accurate and solid than the Mosquito.

    They are available in the 220, 226, or 229 frame. This is my P220 SAO:

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  3. Gojubrian

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    I shot my friends mosquito at the range one day. It was pretty decent on accuracy, but would not feed regurlarly anything but cci mini mags. Those bulk boxes won't cut it.

    Not extensive experience, but it's something. :eek:
     
  4. JonM

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    for competition no way. the ammount of money you would have to spend on getting trigger work done removing magazine safeties and such would be ridiculous. there are better guns right out of the box than the mosquito for that.

    i have a mosquito and i love it for what it is, a plinker. know its not top end or even middle low end gun. reliability is good using ammo it likes.
     
  5. 995

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    What about the Ruger Mark II Or III
     
  6. MemphisJim1

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    I have two Mosquitos and love them both. Through many thousands of rounds now, mine operate reliably and reasonably accurately. However, I would not choose either for any kind of a competitive event. Keeping them clean and well lubed is one of the keys to reliability with them. I also have a Ruger MkII 22/45 that I would not hesitate to use in competition. The Skeeters prefer high velocity rounds (with a strong bias for CCI MiniMags) while the Ruger happily shoots most anything I feed it (except Rem ThunderThuds). Of course, Mosquitos lead the pack in the "ease of maintenance" department while reassembly of the Ruger will dredge up memories of curses and incantations you had long forgotten. Whichever way you go, though, shooting any of the small caliber semis is just flat out fun.
     
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  7. chucksolo69

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    I have had my Mosquito for about a year now and broke it in using the CCI MiniMags; about 500 rounds worth. It will now feed almost anything reliably. I really like the gun for its intended purpose. My gun will group in 4"-5" at 25 yards which is good for plinking, but not much else. I, like everyone else who commented, would recommend something different for competition. I personally would choose a revolver for serious competition. A Ruger Single Six or the S&W kit gun come to mind.
     
  8. tallguy130

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    I've had one for about a year and a half. Won't feed bulk stuff well at all, CCI is what it likes best and I've tried a lot of brands. You wouldn't have to clean it in between rounds during the comp but its not the most robust .22 out there and proper cleaning is a big issue. My uncle has one and has had nothing but problems with it but I've never had any issue as long as I'm shooting CCI. You may want to look elsewhere for what your trying to do.

    I don't want to come off like I'm bashing it, I really do love this gun, but it is what it is. A plinker.
     
  9. MB44

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    Just in order to add one more to my total posting count : Nice gun, but not for competition. The purpose of this gun is to plink, and to be able to train cheap. Nevertheless I'm very happy with it.....:D
     
  10. Ram Rod

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    Thanks all who replied thus far. Well, I was tryng to kill two birds with one stone I guess. Thing is, the pistol is probably sold by now. Guy was asking $250 for it unfired and I knew it was a good deal. I guess for that amount, a plinker and a competition pistol all in one are out of the question. We need both actually. I'm just not ready to part with what it takes for both or two at this time I guess. Both my wife and I carry, so range practice is still pretty much carry caliber, but the plinker would be nice. Then again trying at the same time to offset somewhat the 200 rounds of 9mm each we normally go through once a month for a Steel Challenge or IPSC match. Best 22lr pistol I've seen at a match was a Walther P22. Guy has never had an issue with it, and I've never seen him clean it during the match. Everybody else with whatever thay have have a lot of issues with theirs.
    I really appreciate all the input.
     
  11. Gojubrian

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    I know a guy in Fayetteville that has a pink one for sale. :D

    I can't complain at all about my browning buckmark camper. It's 15yrs old and still just hits where I aim it consistently, feeds great with the steel mags(not the plastic), and just fits ergonomically. You should be able to pick one up for less than $250 used. I think the new ones are worth it too.

    People also rave about the rugers. If I were to get a ruger it would be the 22/45.
     
  12. Mr. Bluesky

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    Have you looked at the Beretta Neos? They're only around $300 new, and very reliable.
     
  13. Ram Rod

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    Well, I think that's the one I'm looking at. Thing is, I just priced spare magazines for it, and they're around $40 each. SIG OEM of course. That pretty much cuts it for me. I like to have at least five spare mags for any pistol I own. Range fun doesn't include reloading a ten round 22lr magazine after every go-round with paper. I want to load a box of fifty and go to town. I can buy new OEM magazines for my P220 45acp for less than that! What gives on the price of spare 22lr mags for this pistol? Anything aftermarket worth looking into? Maybe it should go in a new thread, but what do you think about the S&W 22A pistols?

    By the way.....we ought to network more often up here in NWA! I'm actually in Springdale for now. Can't do the drive back and forth to work every day from Alma.
     
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  14. Gojubrian

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    I've heard that about mosquito mags. I don't know, it's crazy.

    The 22A pistols have a recall on some of the 09 models and I haven't handled one or shot one yet.

    The Wal mart on pleasant grove has lots of bulk 22 ammo right now, but no cci.
     
  15. willfully armed

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    I have a Mosquito that has fed all new ammo quite well.

    CCI minis, Rem subsonic, Rem thunderbolt, Fed lightning.

    All without fail.


    But, I have a container of old ammo, that I got in a random box o crap, and I put all the random finds and purchases in it. I frequently have FTF and FTE with that ammo. But, its dirty, old stuff. Maybe some powder degeneration, maybe its dirty cases.

    What impresses me most, is the operation with subsonic rounds. My tax stamp should be here in a few months, so well see how it runs with it on.
     
  16. Ram Rod

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    Well, the good deal on the SIG sort of washed with the price of magazines. Went by the gun shop after work today and looked everything over pretty well. I really think I'd go for the Walther P22 in some form although the Ruger P22/45 was appealing. Brand new Walther P22 was $333. Gun show tomorrow.
     
  17. UnderFire

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    I would reconsider on the Walther P22. I know you've counted out the Mosquito but, I own a Walther P22, but find myself grabbing for my Sig .22lr Mosquito.
    The Walther has a smaller grip and not as accurate as my Sig.
    Also, from time to time my Walther P22 has feed & chambering issues.
    It's a little picky about ammunition. If it's not too late maybe the Ruger.
    If it is too late hopefully you won't have the problems I had with my P22.
     
  18. MrGlock45

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    RamRod:

    I've owned both the Walther and the Sig Mosquito, and can't recommend either one of them. I couldn't get through a single mag without a stovepipe, FTF, FTF, or a FTE from either of those pistols. I tried every type of CCI mini mag, Stingers, Velocitors, Fed bulk, Rem Golden bulk packs, even a couple boxes of Fed Match and nothing would work right.
    The Walther was so bad that after 2 months I traded it on a NIB Sig, and from the very first mag had nothing but probs with it. After 6 wks and every type of ammo I could use, it still hadn't gone through 1 mag with a major prob.
    Took it to my LGS and traded it on a NIB Beretta NEO. Now that's a nice gun. Came with 2 mags unlike the Sig (only had 1 mag) and it has shot every type of ammo even the Fed and Rem bulk packs. As for accuracy it is better than either the Walther or the Sig. The only plus I can say about the Sig is that it feels like a "real gun" as in (normal gun) in my hand.
    I had owned a Ruger 22/45 for many yrs. After shooting about 30,000 rds. thru it the barrel and extractor became problematic. I sent it back to Ruger via my LGS with a check for $15 to handle the return shipping. I got it back with a brand new barrel and new extractor. I was shocked that I got it back so quickly, no bill for the replacements, and here's the kicker, they returned my $15 check uncashed....lol
    The only prob with the Ruger is the take down and reassembly after cleaning, but that was the absolutely most accurate 22 I have ever owned.
    I do like my NEO, even if it a bit futuristic in appearance, but it does handle nice, and I even put a cheapo red dot site on it.
    Good luck and always stay safe. :cool:
     
  19. wb_carpenter

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    Mine was reliable with mini-mags but that was about it. I sold it because I shoot bulk packs and no matter what I did it wouldn't function well. Its a shame cause I liked the ergonomics of the pistol.